EDGE OF NIGHT, 14 Mar 1969
Visibly worn and frustrated, a desperate Mike comes home from work after a day of avoiding Adam. Mike admits to Nancy that he spent most of his time in Fenwick Park, thinking and worrying about Laurie. He can no longer think logically about the situation. His love and emotion for Laurie Ann has overcome logic and reason. Nancy begs Mike not to tell anyone about Laurie's kidnapping, but Mike is still torn about whether or not to inform Adam and Bill.
Ben Travis telephones, insisting that he come over to discuss the canceled Washington trip with Mike. A worried Nancy warns Mike not to even hint that something is amiss. Using a courtroom parallel, Nancy tells Mike that Travis is the jury, and it's Mike's job to convince Ben nothing's wrong.
Meanwhile north of Monticello in rural Graham county outside of a town called Raintree, Mona and Barney arrive at the cabin and relieve Earl and JoJo. Mona is uncomfortable with the situation, and immediately feels sympathy for Laurie's plight. Laurie notices Mona's soft-touch and, playing for sympathy, cries that her wrists are sore from the tight ropes. She convinces Mona to loosen the ropes.
As Barney comes through the door, arms full of groceries, Laurie makes a mad dash for freedom. In the woods Laurie runs around in circles like a mouse in a cage getting no where in unfamiliar territory. One tall birch tree after the other. Up ahead an echo of a running brook causes Laurie to hesitate. She stumbles to the ground over a fallen log. There she catches her breath, listening to the brook, and notices the forest floor descent into a splash of light. She had to get there to the sound of the brook. She glances back and, in the distance, spots Barney. Slightly disoriented she jumps up, darts right. Behind the largest tree she squats down to hide and, holding her breath for seemingly an hour, prays with eyes wide open. Barney's footsteps creeping over dry leaves come closer. Too close for comfort. She trembles, fumbling for anything to grab and defend herself, and finds a whimsey twig, but it's too late. Lunging at her like a ravenous wolf Barney grabs her up by her long raven hair. Screaming she fights back kicking and swinging mightily to no avail. Looking directly now into Barney's cold heartless eyes she sees death. Her own unwelcome death reflected in the black of Barney's pupils. Never again would she celebrate with Mike and Nancy their wedding anniversary. The happiest day of her life was when Mike married Nancy, and she carried the bouquet as the flower girl. Mike's beautiful, smart wife, she inherited, too. Nancy was the mother she dearly loved, needed and missed now for everything she had taken for granted including precious life itself. At once she crumbles like a dry rose petal and faints.
In Monticello at the Karr home, Travis grills Mike about the sudden change in plans. Nancy, listening at the study door, is horrified when Mike states that he has a confession to make. As Mike begins to tell Travis the whole story, he notices a photograph of Laurie and Nancy on his desk. Mike continues saying he's compelled to admit that the loan shark doctor list is phony. All of the men on the list are legitimate businessmen. There's no proof whatsoever that any of them are involved with crime.
Travis turns away from Mike, smiling, while back at the cabin, angrily Barney chastises Mona for being stupid enough to loosen Laurie's hands as a terrified Laurie cries helplessly.
California native and matinee idol LAURENCE HUGO was the second actor to portray the lead EDGE role of Mike Karr, crime-fighting lawyer and close friend of Monticello Chief of Police Blll Marceau, from 1962 to 1971. HUGO's Mike romanced and finally marries ANN FLOOD's journalist Nancy Pollock, Mike's second wife and step-mother of Laurie Ann, in 1963.